The 21st National Rangeland Forum was held last week in Otjiwarongo under the theme “rangeland is a changing world”. This was shared interactive platform for rangeland experts, researchers (academia) and farmers to share knowledge and experiences on management of rangelands. The three days event consisted of informative presentation mainly about research results done in Namibia, as well as practical experiences of farmers who are implementing rangeland management. The key topics discussed during the forum included restoration of savannahs, rangeland management strategies, value addition to bush products, bio-energy and bush feed production.
The forum was concluded with a field visit to Gerd Woelbling farm near Okakarara. A farmer who has de-bushed about 80 percent of his farm with an accompanied drastic increase in stocking and production per hectare, which is currently about three times higher than an average commercial farmer.
The Forum was hosted by OPTIMASS, a research project jointly implemented by UNAM and the University of Potsdam.
Source: New Era Newspaper of 26.07.2017